County Solid Waste Planning

County Solid Waste Planning Grants
Allow additional time to pre-qualify through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA).

The Illinois Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act (SWPRA) requires every county to adopt a plan to manage the solid waste generated within its boundaries.  These plans are important tools for local planning endeavors and are required to include:

  • A recycling program;
  • a description of the origin and types of waste generated;
  • the facilities for currently handling waste within the county;
  • a description of programs planned to handle waste over the next twenty years;
  • an evaluation of the environmental, energy, life cycle, and economic advantages and disadvantages of the programs;
  • a schedule for implementing the proposals;
  • the potential location for sites necessary to implement the proposals; and
  • the identity of the governmental entity responsible for implementation.

Illinois EPA has announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity to assist counties and other units of local government to assist in implementing their solid waste planning obligations under the SWPRA. This funding opportunity follows a recommendation from the Statewide Materials Management Advisory Committee that recommended, in its July 2021 report, that the Illinois EPA provide financial support to units of local government to enable them to make meaningful updates to their statutorily required solid waste management plans.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting a local solid waste and materials management needs assessment;
  • Surveying local solid waste and materials management stakeholders to determine programmatic expansion viability;
  • Internally authoring solid waste management plan updates; or
  • Procuring consulting services to prepare solid waste management plan updates.

The Illinois EPA Waste Reduction and Compliance Section (WRCS) is responsible for reviewing County Solid Waste Management Plans submitted pursuant to the SWPRA.   

Each county or unit of local government required to develop a solid waste management plan is eligible for $5,000.00 of funding.

Applicants may not apply for a grant until they are pre-qualified through the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) Grantee Portal, https://grants.illinois.gov/portal/. During pre-qualification, Dun and Bradstreet verifications are performed including a check of Debarred and Suspended status and good standing with the Secretary of State. The pre-award process also includes a financial and administrative risk assessment utilizing an Internal Controls Questionnaire.

Applications due by 5:00 PM (CST) on May 31, 2022

Applications will be accepted between May 2, 2022 and 5:00 PM (CST) on May 31, 2022. Applications must be submitted electronically to epa.recycling@illinois.gov.

If you have any questions regarding the program or application, contact:

James Jennings, Manager
Waste Reduction and Compliance Section
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Bureau of Land
james.m.jennings@illinois.gov
(217) 524-1852

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